Sweet Pea Book

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An inspiring and comprehensive guide, The Sweet Pea Book is for anyone interested in growing these most exquisite of fragrant flowers and using them in the garden. It covers the colorful history of the sweet pea, provides detailed practical advice on seed raising and cultivation, offers ideas for using the plants effectively in the garden, and discusses dwarf sweet peas for small gardens and patios. A comprehensive descriptive list of species and varieties will prove useful to ...

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Overview

An inspiring and comprehensive guide, The Sweet Pea Book is for anyone interested in growing these most exquisite of fragrant flowers and using them in the garden. It covers the colorful history of the sweet pea, provides detailed practical advice on seed raising and cultivation, offers ideas for using the plants effectively in the garden, and discusses dwarf sweet peas for small gardens and patios. A comprehensive descriptive list of species and varieties will prove useful to all sweet pea enthusiasts.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Gardeners wishing to grow copious amounts of healthy sweet peas for cutting or to enliven flower beds and borders should heed Rice's expert counsel."
Alice Joyce, Booklist, October 15, 2003
Shelbyville Sentinel-News
"[This] book is the most current and definitive book on sweet peas to date."
—Jeneen Wiche, Shelbyville Sentinel-News, February 25, 2005
Toronto Star
"For complete immersion in the allure of the sweet pea, check out The Sweet Pea Book."
—Kathy Renwald, Toronto Star, January 20, 2005
From the Publisher
"For complete immersion in the allure of the sweet pea, check out The Sweet Pea Book."
—Kathy Renwald, Toronto Star, January 20, 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881925951
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/2/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 717,803
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Rice is a distinguished international garden writer and is unique in having won three awards for his writing in the USA, as well as three in the UK.

He is editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Perennials and the author of more than twenty books, and he runs the Royal Horticultural Society's New Plants blog as well as his Transatlantic Gardener blog.

He has been the gardening correspondent of Britain's Observer and Evening Standard newspapers and contributes frequently to the RHS's magazines The Garden and The Plantsman; he has also written for all the top gardening magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including Horticulture, Garden Design, BBC Gardeners' World, and Country Life.

A widely respected plantsman, Graham trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a member of the RHS's committee on herbaceous plants (judging their trials of both annuals and perennials), and also judges at the Chelsea Flower Show.

He divides his gardening time between Pennsylvania and England with his wife, American garden writer and photographer judywhite.

You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, TransatlanticPlantsman.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and notes to readers 4
Ch. 1 From the wild to our gardens 5
Ch. 2 Fragrance 14
Ch. 3 In the garden 16
Ch. 4 Dwarf sweet peas 27
Ch. 5 Sweet peas in containers 30
Ch. 6 Classification of sweet peas 33
Ch. 7 The sweet peas: descriptions 38
Ch. 8 Wild annual Lathyrus 94
Ch. 9 Raising sweet peas from seed 98
Ch. 10 Care and culture of sweet peas 105
Ch. 11 Creating new sweet peas 111
Ch. 12 Solving sweet pea problems 117
Ch. 13 In the house 123
Ch. 14 The basics of exhibiting 126
Ch. 15 Sweet peas in the United States 129
App. I Awards to sweet peas 132
App. II Where to buy sweet pea seeds 137
App. III Further information 138
Glossary 140
Index of varieties 141
Acknowledgements 144
Picture credits 144
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2003

    Stunning, wonderful book!!!

    A gorgeous book with full page still lifes of sweet peas you'll want to frame. There hasn't been a book on sweet peas in a long time, and Graham Rice has written a compellingly readable one that covers these old-fashioned sweet smelling favorites thru to modern hybrids, that, yes, many of which still smell as sweet (he tells you which ones to get.) Growing instructions cover all over the country. Also great in that he gives info on where to get seeds in the US and also specialty ones from England in the mail. There's even a gorgeous full page picture of a yellow sweet pea species (the photographer is judywhite, a well-known garden photographer who, the back jacket tells me, is married to the author - they met at the Chelsea Flower Show in England!) Really, really worth it, to help you discover - or re-discover - the allure of Sweet Peas.

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